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An edition of The Word for World is Forest (1972)

The Word for World is Forest

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This edition was published in by Tor Teen

Written in English

144 pages

Centuries in the future, Terrans have established a logging colony & military base named “New Tahiti” on a tree-covered planet whose small, green-furred, big-eyed inhabitants have a culture centered on lucid dreaming. Terran greed spirals around native innocence & wisdom, overturning the ancient society.

Humans have learned interstellar travel from the Hainish (the origin-planet of all humanoid races, including Athsheans). Various planets have been expanding independently, but during the novel it’s learned that the League of All Worlds has been formed. News arrives via an ansible, a new discovery. Previously they had been cut off, 27 light years from home.

The story occurs after The Dispossessed, where both the ansible & the League of Worlds are unrealised. Also well before Planet of Exile, where human settlers have learned to coexist. The 24th century has been suggested.

Terran colonists take over the planet locals call Athshe, meaning “forest,” rather than “dirt,” like their home planet Terra. They follow the 19th century model of colonization: felling trees, planting farms, digging mines & enslaving indigenous peoples. The natives are unequipped to comprehend this. They’re a subsistence race who rely on the forests & have no cultural precedent for tyranny, slavery or war. The invaders take their land without resistance until one fatal act sets rebellion in motion & changes the people of both worlds forever.

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Word for World Is Forest
2010, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom
in English
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The Word for World is Forest
Sep 08, 2010, Tor / Science Fiction Book Club, Tor Science Fiction Book Club
hardcover
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Word for World is Forest
2010, Tor
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The Word for World is Forest
February 7, 2005, Tor Teen
Mass Market Paperback in English
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The Word for World is Forest (S.F. Masterworks)
Mar 15, 2001, Gollancz
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The Word for World is Forest
May 15, 1989, Ace
in English
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Word for the World Is Forest
December 1985, Book of the Road Audio
Audio Cassette in English
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The Word for World is Forest
April 15, 1984, Berkley
Cover of: Word for World is Forest
Word for World is Forest
June 15, 1983, Berkley
Cover of: The Word For World Is Forest
The Word For World Is Forest
November 15, 1981, Berkley
in English
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The word for world is forest
1980, Panther
in English
Cover of: The Word for World is Forest
The Word for World is Forest
Feb 15, 1978, Berkley
mass market paperback
Cover of: The  word for world is forest
The word for world is forest
1977, Gollancz
in English
Cover of: The  word for world isforest
The word for world isforest
1977, Gollancz
in English
Cover of: The Word for World Is Forest
The Word for World Is Forest
Dec 01, 1976, Berkley
mass market paperback
Cover of: The  word for world is forest
The word for world is forest
1976, Berkley Pub. Corp.
in English - Berkley ed.
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The word for world is forest
1972, Berkley Pub. Corp. : distributed by Putnam
in English
Cover of: The word for world is forest
The word for world is forest
1972, Berkley Pub. Corp. : distributed by Putnam
in English
Cover of: Das Wort für Welt ist Wald
Das Wort für Welt ist Wald
Publish date unknown, Heyne
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WORD FOR WORLD IS FOREST
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The Word for World is Forest

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Centuries in the future, Terrans have established a logging colony & military base named “New Tahiti” on a tree-covered planet whose small, green-furred, big-eyed inhabitants have a culture centered on lucid dreaming. Terran greed spirals around native innocence & wisdom, overturning the ancient society.

Humans have learned interstellar travel from the Hainish (the origin-planet of all humanoid races, including Athsheans). Various planets have been expanding independently, but during the novel it’s learned that the League of All Worlds has been formed. News arrives via an ansible, a new discovery. Previously they had been cut off, 27 light years from home.

The story occurs after The Dispossessed, where both the ansible & the League of Worlds are unrealised. Also well before Planet of Exile, where human settlers have learned to coexist. The 24th century has been suggested.

Terran colonists take over the planet locals call Athshe, meaning “forest,” rather than “dirt,” like their home planet Terra. They follow the 19th century model of colonization: felling trees, planting farms, digging mines & enslaving indigenous peoples. The natives are unequipped to comprehend this. They’re a subsistence race who rely on the forests & have no cultural precedent for tyranny, slavery or war. The invaders take their land without resistance until one fatal act sets rebellion in motion & changes the people of both worlds forever.

The Word for World is Forest

This edition was published in by Tor Teen


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Mass Market Paperback
Number of pages
144

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OL8054095M
ISBN 10
076534985X
ISBN 13
9780765349859
OCLC/WorldCat
85827145
Library Thing
1024
Goodreads
6406345

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